US gives US$5 million to Ghana’s NHIA to improve health care
On Monday, March 20, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer announced a $5 million increase in U.S. funding to strengthen the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and guarantee the caliber of healthcare provided in Ghana.
The ambassador launched the new, five-year cooperation alongside Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA). The U.S. financing will promote the digitization of NHIA procedures, make the program’s performance statistics available, and guarantee the efficient and secure provision of healthcare services.
The development of Ghana is centered on the health sector, according to ambassador Palmer. “Prioritizing health funding is crucial for the wellbeing of all Ghanaians. A wealthy population starts with a healthy population.
The relationship between NHIA and USAID intends to increase NHIA’s ability to digitally transform all of its information systems.
Data will be made available to NHIA through digitalization, allowing it to inform stakeholders more effectively about the program’s financial and programmatic status. Building NHIA systems to track the clinical quality of healthcare services will also be a major priority of the cooperation.
The NHIA will push for better care across public, religious, and private healthcare facilities, improving health outcomes throughout Ghana as a result of the actionable clinical data.
The integrated health programming of USAID assists the government of Ghana in developing its healthcare infrastructure and addressing COVID-19, malaria, HIV, social protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene issues, as well as maternity, reproductive, and child health issues.
With USAID’s assistance, the government of Ghana is able to strengthen its healthcare infrastructure and get ready for potential health emergencies in the future.